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Argonne scientists to give 20 presentations at 234th American Chemical Society national meeting


Eighteen scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne national Laboratory will give 20 presentations of their research at the 234th national meeting and exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), to be held in Boston from Aug. 19-23. The ACS maintains a membership of more than 158,000 scientists, making it the world’s largest scientific society devoted to a single discipline. More than 13,500 people are expected to attend the fall meeting.

Some of the planned presentations describe research that attempt to find solutions to America’s energy problems by looking at the behaviors of coal, ethanol or propane. Others describe methods of hydrogen production, including reforming. Many of the papers describe Argonne’s basic science research.

“The papers that are presented at the American Chemical Society meetings represent some of the most cutting-edge work in all of chemistry,” said Al Sattelberger, Argonne associate laboratory director for physical sciences and interim associate laboratory director for applied science and technology. “ Argonne’s large and diverse delegation to the conference shows that the laboratory continues to play a leadership role in chemistry research.”

The papers that will be presented at the conference and their Argonne authors are:

“67 Cu separation from zinc by sublimation and ion exchange,” by Delbert L. Bowers.
“Approach to provide samples for basic research: Argonne premium coals,” by Randall E. Winans.
“Challenges in hydrocarbon reforming for fuel cell applications,” by Michael Krumpelt.
“Chemical storage – cathodes,” by Michael M. Thackeray.
“Coal structure and reactivity: a physical organic chemistry approach,” by Randall E. Winans.
“Computational models of ion hydration,” by Troy W. Whitfield.
“Development of dense membranes for hydrogen production from coal,” by U. Balachandran.
“Hydrogen production by steam reforming of ethanol at elevated pressure,” by Sheldon H.D. Lee.
“Ionization mechanisms and pathways in liquid water,” by Christopher G. Elles.
“Nanoscale investigations of electrocatalysts from first principles,” by Jeffrey P. Greeley.
“Oxidative dehydrogenation of propane over nanostructured membrane catalyst,” by Christopher L. Marshall.
“Quantitative Raman analysis based on hole-enhanced Raman scattering,” by Hao Chen.
“Solvated electron and solvated atom,” by Ilya Shkrob.
“Summary of nuclear operations at the Radioactive Scrap and Waste Facility (RSWF),” by M.A. Lehto.
“Superheavy shell gaps from nobelium 2-quasiparticle energies,” by T.L. Khoo.
“Synchrotron studies of actinide speciation in solution,” by L. Soderholm.
“Tetraalkylphosphonium polyoxometalate ionic liquids: synthesis and characterization,” by M.R. Antonio.
“The foundation of the approach of Active Thermochemical Tables: the analysis and manipulation of the Thermochemical Network Graph,” by Abel Fernandez.
“Transient X-ray absorption spectroscopy of the aqueous BR atom and Br 2 - anion: solvation and reactivity,” by Christopher G. Elles.
“Transparent conducting oxides at high aspect ratios,” by Jeffrey W. Elam.
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